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Bad Host! Bad Host!
Q:I am going to a friend (who I HAD thought was a hip person)'s home for dinner and magically found out that I am responsible for more entree items than they are making.

Why is this?
And is this bad?
Should I say anything or just drink ALL the booze in the house that I can find?
Or lose them as a friend?

-- "RB from San Francisco"

A:Is your little friend out of work?
Does he or she have extra pets who are being starved now that their Petco food subscription has run out- ones who require left overs?
Have you noticed any tapeworm medicine in the cabinets during your visit?

If not, I'd say your so- called bud needs a serious lesson in party- giving.
We call the soiree this person is throwing a POTLUCK.

So Dear Reader, if you are said- offending host, repeat after me "POT LUCK!"
These are things that your guests need to be told well in advance of the evening,
what kind of a party it is, what kind of people are coming (kids? pets? couples and just your unsuspecting single friend?), what to wear, what the theme is, if RSVP is required.

This is just like, when your friends bring wine, you should ask them if it's meant to be served at the party or if it's a gift, so you don't end up serving wine in a bag and stashing all the Chateau Lafite for yourself...then wondering why you have no friends except Schaefer- swillers.

So, RB, we don't recommend taking them to a mall after dinner and kicking them out of the car as it's still moving, instead bring something other than an entree, such as an enormous salad that doesn't require too much effort on your part, and next time you invite this person to your house, ask them for TWO entrees.

If he or she doesn't get the hint, restrict socialising with them to drinks occasions at bars where rounds are bought. You drink a Patron for every cheapo lager he or she consumes.

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